Foraminal lumbar disc protrusion

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Age: Adult

Right-sided foraminal lumbar disc protrusion compressing only the exiting nerve root and not narrowing the subarticular recess. 

A selected image from a different level of the same patient demonstrating normal anatomy, with the exiting nerve root surrounded by fat. 

Case Discussion

Disc projecting into the right neural-exit foramen and compressing the exiting nerve root in this case is relatively easy to overlook if foraminal disc protrusions are not actively sought. 

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Case information

rID: 2613
Published: 7th May 2008
Last edited: 17th Oct 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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